Executive Director at Environmental Defence
As we prepare for a post-COVID-19 future, we know that returning to “normal” is not an option. More action is needed to ensure a safe, equitable, and sustainable future for Canadians.
We can’t allow the COVID-19 crisis to make us blind to other massive challenges that we faced before it began and will still exist after it’s over: dismantling environmental racism, fighting climate change, ending plastic pollution, keeping our water clean, and removing toxic chemicals from the products we use.
A clean and just recovery for Canada means, above all, investing in a society that places people’s health and the well-being of natural ecosystems that sustain all species first. That means that any investments made must advance environmental progress, address environmental justice, and be consistent with Canada’s international environmental commitments.
A clean and just recovery for Canada means investing in:
- A transition to a sustainable low-carbon economy that provides opportunities for people that have often been left behind.
- The protection and restoration of land, freshwater, and ocean ecosystems along with the wildlife that call these places home.
- Banning many single-use plastics, and ensuring the rest don’t end up in our environment and our bodies.
- The replacement of toxic chemicals used in agriculture, consumer goods, and manufacturing with safer alternatives.
- The development of accessible, affordable, and healthy communities and transportation networks.
- A future that prioritizes social and racial justice, economic equity, and well-being, built in partnership with Indigenous peoples and the communities most exposed to environmental harm.
Investments in the Canadian economy cannot be at odds with our collective commitment to a clean and just recovery. With the right investments, we can build an economy and society that are stronger and more resilient than before the crisis began.
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